How far have you moved for a job?
We don’t want to turn this into a competition about who has moved the furthest, but we’re interested in the benefits of moving to your work in the library and information industry. Moving, particularly moving overseas, can give you new skills and an advantage over others in a competitive job market. However, it’s probably not all going to be easy and it is useful to be aware of some of the disadvantages if you’re considering such a move. Fortunately, there’s plenty of advice around – particularly if you’re looking at an overseas move.
Perhaps you had to move towns to get your first job or some volunteer experience to boost your resume. Maybe you moved cities to take a great promotion, or to be closer to family, or because your partner moved first and you had to change jobs. Your move might have been across sectors rather than geographic – that counts too.
Of course, if you’re here reading this, you are already interested in international librarianship, but perhaps the idea of picking up your whole life and moving it to another town, city or country for your job is out of the question. One thing we have learned here at the ILN is that while there are many differences between libraries around the world, mostly we are doing the same job for the same types of customers – so maybe it’s not as difficult to move as you first thought.
Over the next couple of weeks we will hear from some people who’ve moved for their job – some have moved a long way (like our first ever guest post on this blog), some maybe not so far and we hope to hear from all of you as well. We’ve also got a sprinkling of our Postcards series coming up – where we hear about a snippet of library life in another country from one of our ILN community. Who knows, reading one of those may inspire you to consider moving countries for a job!
Some things to consider when thinking and talking about this topic:
- have you ever moved house/town/country for a job?
- if so, what was the main attraction to moving?
- if you haven’t moved for a job, what would be a good reason to do it?
- is it common for people to move around your country as they change jobs?
As always, please join the discussion by commenting below or on our Facebook page or on twitter using #interlibnet.